Nuclear, O&M, Reactors

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant may shut down Dec. 29

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant retirement not affect grid reliability ISO New England Entergy

Entergy Corp. (NYSE: ETR) said it has set a close date for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

Vermont Yankee’s emergency preparedness Manager Michael McKenney said in a state meeting that the plant would be shut down Dec. 29, but other Entergy officials have been tight-lipped about the date, according to The Times Argus. Entergy has said the plant would shut down by the end of 2014.

Entergy filed a request with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to drop emergency planning outside of the plant starting in 2016, but doesn’t expect to have all of its spent fuel moved until 2021, the article said. Entergy petitioned the state Public Service Board for permission to build a second concrete pad on site to store spent fuel casks.

Subscribe to Nuclear Power International magazine